Adena over at AllPoints Blog posted an entry on Platial, an online friend site which uses Google Maps and tagging to add information about place to a spatial location on the map. She links to an article in the Portland State University Daily Vanguard about Platial’s founder Paul Olsen. He likens Platial’s online collaborative atlas to blogging, “but instead of postings centered on people, Platial is a forum for information on places.”
I came across another spanish speaking geospatial blog that is interesting.Ã‚Â Their description suggests they focus on Virtual Earth and Google Local, but they have some good links to interesting sites that haven’t made the rounds in most of the english speaking blogs (I will be changing that in the next couple of days ).
If so you may be interested in the spanish speaking blog La Cartoteca. From the entries that I have ‘read’ (my spanish teacher would be sad) so far La Cartoteca seems to focus on cartography with some general geography and miscellaneous content for good measure. Alejandro Polanco Masa, the blog author also has another interesting blog called Technologia Obsoleta. Check them out if you speak spanish, or you can try a Babelfish translation if you are truly curious.
As you know, I am all about the widgets. The newest widget on my desktop is the Planet Geospatial RSS widget which pulls from…you guessed…Planet Geospatial. James Fee was nice enough to create this widget for us all to use and it is quite handy if you just want to glance to see the new headlines. We won’t be creating an RSS widget for VerySpatial since I think the Planet Geospatial widget is a great one stop shop for all of your geospatial needs. As always you will need to download the Yahoo! Widget Engine to run the widget.
There is a new kid(s) on the block! The ArcDeveloper Blog is up and running. They are still getting ramped up and giving the “hey how are ya’s” but the site looks promising. If you are a GIS developer or a student who will be going into the geospatial workforce this will probably be a site to keep an eye on.
I am not sure why I sat on this information for a few days without posting it, but Paul and Renee have released their second great podcast for the land down under. It is great to listen to the cicadas in the background in Darwin while it is below freezing outside here in West Virginia . Where It’s At podcast 2 can be downloaded directly from their website http://www.whereitsat.org.au or subscribed to via iTunes or the aggregator of your choice.
I first came across Jeff Thurston’s blog when I was doing a search on geovisualization and found the domain. This was well before we started VerySpatial over the summer, and I was a bit bummed that someone had laid claim to the domain so I wandered off. Since then I have gone back a few times, included the blog in my aggregator, but I have never read more than 10 entries. Why you might ask? 1) This is a great blog and I want to read it from the beginning and 2) I am a bit intimidated . The majority of entries would make for great columns in a magazine.
So today I ripped the entire site to my hard drive (sorry about the extra hits today Jeff) and will be reading it from the beginning.
I recommend that you take a moment and check out Jeff’s blog and make sure to go through his archives to find any of a number of gems that offer insight into the geospatial community.
The AAG is filled with specialty groups that focus on most any major topic in Geography. I had a blog up for the Graduate Student Affinity Group for a while, but then there was the server crash and the laziness, you get the idea. The Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group of the AAG are using blogspot to host their website, in addition to their AAG communities space (which is members only)
Where It’s At… Newsletter & Podcast is a great new podcast that is being produced down under. Their first podcast includes a couple of interviews including one with Michael Goodchild. The hosts and podcast (and related newsletter) are related to the Spatial Science Institute. I am excited to see how the podcast grows. Go to their website to download directly or check out iTunes to subscribe to the podcast.